Charley Franklin Hutchings, a full-time Sanibel resident since 1992, passed away on March 27, 2011. He was 75. Along with his wife, Sandra, they owned and managed Gulf Breeze Cottages.
Charley was born and raised in Waukegan Ill. He was one of four brothers, two of whom are already deceased. He was a three-sport high school athlete, excelling in football, wrestling and track (shotput). Charley graduated from the University of Miami in 1957 on a full four-year football scholarship, earning a BA in education.
He was selected to be a member of the Iron Arrow Society, Miami’s highest honorary society based upon scholarship, leadership, service and character. Additionally, he made the Dean’s List in his sophomore through senior years.
A ninth draft choice for the Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he played briefly in 1957, Charley was in ROTC in high school and college. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army Armored Division at Fort Knox, Ky. as a first lieutenant.
He worked for RR Donnelly, the printing company in Chicago, and lived in Lisle, Ill. for 30 years before retiring to Sanibel. He enjoyed spending time at their summer home in Fontana, Lake Geneva, Wis.
Charley is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sandra Payment Hutchings, daughter Candace Hutchings Cohn (Dan) of Sanibel, son Scot C. Hutchings of Maui Hawaii, four grandchildren: Michael Cohn, Amanda Cohn Forner (Tyler) of Houston, Texas, Vance Cohn, Alec Cohn and two great grandchildren, Trent and Ethan Forner, and his brother William Hutchings (Irus) of Antioch, Ill. and several nephews and nieces.
His passion in recent years was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he adored. He also loved cars, cooking, gardening, being outside and his cat, Boots. Charley was incredibly handy, being able to fix and repair almost anything.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to The University of Miami, School of Arts & Sciences.